Bear Blast

For the Week of Sept 18, 2023

Working together; succeeding together.

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As we are all Treaty people, we take time to honor the land of Treaty 6 and all that it offers for us and our families through many generations. This land has served as a traditional meeting ground, gathering place, and traveling route for the Cree, Dene, Nakota, Saulteaux, and Ojibway People since time immemorial. We recognize this land as the homeland of Metis Nation Eastern Region II. We honor the ancestors and footsteps that have fallen in these lands. We also acknowledge that our use of this land has come at a cost, the cost of colonialism and the residential school system. We commit to working together toward reconciliation and forging a better path forward.

And so it begins...

Fall is definitely on its way. It is great to see farmers in the field, and the smell of harvest in the air. The leaves are starting to change and the air is crisp in the morning and at night. On TV, there are many ads for pumpkin spice this and that. However, the best indicator that fall is here is that extracurricular activities are in full swing.

At PPCS, we have volleyball, golf, cross country, applied engineering, and art clubs firing up. Announcements are filled with practices, meetings, and game schedules. Student, teacher, and family schedules are beginning to fill up.

Soon, dance, hockey, AWANA, and gymnastics will be in full swing as well. It is awesome to see students excited about and talking about all their extracurricular activities and busy schedules.

This time of year is a kind of quiet before the storm, as our lives will get increasingly more and more busy. As parents and teachers, we must ensure that we help our kids manage their schedules and in doing so, also inject some downtime and some family time. It is easy for us to assume that the busier the better. Although it is very beneficial for our kids to take part in extracurricular interests; building responsibility, committment, discipline, and teamwork skills, it can easily become overwhelming. As always, we want to make sure we are setting our kids up for success. To this end we have to show them how to manage a busy schedule, but at the same time how to step out of that busy schedule and find time for themselves, for family, and for friends. Now only should we help our kids to find balance, but it is a skill that we should focus on in our own lives as well.

As the leaves change and the air becomes more crisp, it is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature, to infuse some quiet family time into what will surely become busier and busier schedules. Find the moments of downtime and enjoy them.

Terry Fox Walk

Our Terry Fox walk will be on Sept 22.

If families of individuals wish to donate to the Terry Fox Foundation please click the link below.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Family Emergency Response Letter

Below is a letter that outlines our emergency response procedures. Pease take a moment to review these procedures. As always, contact the school if you have any questions or concerns.


Edsby is an online tool and our primary mode of communication with our families. All new families should receive an email with an invitation to join. You will receive a separate invitation for each child, please allow about 15 minutes between invitations to ensure that the system does not get overwhelmed.

Edsby allows you to check on your child's current progress in their classes. Check our family handbook (link below) for a key to the completion codes that you will see in Edsby.

If you are having trouble accessing Edsby for any reason, contact the school and we will do our best to problem-solve with you.

Bear Bites is Back!

We will once again be running Bear Bites hot lunches on Tuesdays and Thursdays (and hopefully Mondays in the near future). We will start up hot lunches in late September so stay tuned.

Due to increases in grocery prices, we will have to increase the cost of our meals to $5.00 from $4.00, we thank you in advance for your understanding.

We will once again be running the punch card program but will be setting up a dollar-for-dollar card. You can load any amount (up to $100) that you want on a punch card. Anyone who has leftover punch cards will be notified and the value will be transferred to a new punch card. We also hope to have a digital portal set up where parents can check on how much money they have left on their child's card. Thank you for your patience as we work through this process.

Family Verification Email

You should have received your family verification email by now. Please complete the verification by Monday, Sept 18. Thank you.

Seen Around PPCS

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Grade 7 Field Trip

IE7.2 Observe, illustrate, and analyze living organisms within local ecosystems as part of interconnected food webs, populations, and communities.

Mr. Mielke took his grade 7 students to Greenwater to explore the Boreal Forest ecosystem. They had a great time, checking out the creek bed and surrounding riparian zone.

Next Staff vs. Student is

Family Calendar

Each month, we will be putting out a family calendar which will include major events for the month. We will do our best to be as comprehensive as possible, but please continue to check the Bear Blast for updates. This will include our home games and our practice times, as well as special events. We encourage families to print a copy (click the pdf file to download) of the calendar and keep it handy.

Book Orders Due Sept 27!!

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Provincial Golf

Best of luck to Trayce M. who will be travelling to Elbow, SK for provincial golf playoffs on Friday and Saturday.


We had three athletes compete in NESSAC golf on Sept 12, 2023, Trayce M., Matthew R., and Max C. competed at the Evergreen in Niapwin. All three golfers did an amazing job of representing their school and their community.

Trayce M. scored the lowest in the tournament with an 87 and will advance, along with 3 other golfers from NESD, to Provincial playoffs in Elbow, Saskatchewan on Sept 22 and 23.

Check out the family calendar for home game dates.

Cross Country Running

The cross country team has a meet on Wednesday, September 20, in Hudson Bay.

Volunteers and Athletes of the Month

Community Events

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AWANA Kids Club

Awana Kids Club

Grades K-6

Thursdays 3:30-5:10

Snacks, music, games, and Bible-based learning.

At Quilly Willy Community Place (Old School)

Hot Lunches

Bear Bites will be starting up Sept 26 - stay tuned.

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Check Your Punch Card Balance

You can click the button below to check on how much your child has left on his/her punch card. To help support privacy, we have developed account numbers for each student. The account number is their grade followed by the last 4 digits of the phone number we have on file. For example, my son Noah is in grade 5. His account number would be 059017.

Once you click the link below and find your child's account number, you will see a number to the left of their account number (i.e. 17). That number will not change, so you only have to remember that number going forward.

We hope that this will help our families.

Scan me to check your punch card balance.

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Jigs and Carolines are Back

Once again, Jigs and Carolines will be offering hot lunches on Wednesday and Friday. Please order directly from them. Stay tuned.

It's going to be a #wonderFULLyear